Our mild spell ends as things become a bit wintry

November 18, 2015 0 Comments

How many times have we talked about how mild and pleasant this fall season has been, especially during this unusually mild November? Probably ten times on this blog alone and about 100 times on the air! A major shift is occurring right now, however, that will not only bring an end to the mild weather for good, but it looks like we’re going to possibly skip right ahead to winter weather for a time by the upcoming weekend. A large storm system is moving through, bringing light rain and generating gusty winds for us as that cold air mass pours in from the Plains. Temperatures to start our Wednesday were in the 50s and in some cases the lower 60s, but now with rain and cooler air spilling in, we’re looking at 40s by day’s end and then the much cooler, drier air will drop readings to the 30s. High temperatures by Thursday may actually be colder than average, something that has happened only once or twice since September.

Temperatures will drop off after Wednesday and remain on the cold side with gusty, raw winds Thursday. Highs will be several degrees cooler than normal by Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures will drop off after Wednesday and remain on the cold side with gusty, raw winds Thursday. Highs will be several degrees cooler than normal by Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures so far this month have been in the mid 50s on average in Rochester four times in 18 days have we failed to reach at least 50 degrees. Perhaps that why it seems shocking that Thanksgiving is only a week away! It feels like we’re enjoying a sequel to the month of October that was very mild and thoroughly enjoyable. After Wednesday the 18th, the incredible warmth will officially be over as highs will be in the 30s and 40s for what looks to be the remainder of November. We may even fall shy of 30 by Saturday which would stand as the coldest day since late last winter. Ahead of that day, a fast-moving and compact clipper type storm system will move in for Friday, bringing the prospect of snow to the area. The exact path is still uncertain so there may be a shift in the heavier snow band, but the most likely scenario brings a few inches to Iowa while southern Minnesota may receive very little snowfall. The most likely timing for accumulation will be mid to late afternoon through the evening.

A clipper system will bring a chance for the first widespread snowfall to the region. The highest amounts may be in Iowa. Our local area looks to be on the north edge of the snowfall area.

A clipper system will bring a chance for the first widespread snowfall to the region. The highest amounts may be in Iowa. Our local area looks to be on the north edge of the snowfall area.

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